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Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Gators land commitment No. 11

By Derek Tyson

The Florida Gators picked up commitment No. 11 on Wednesday night as offensive tackle Dontae Angus (Philadelphia/Martin Luther King) committed to the Gators.

The 6-foot-6, 315-pound tackle prospect chose Florida over offers from Rutgers, West Virginia and Purdue.

Martin Luther King head coach Ed Dunn said Florida was a school Angus had always dreamed about attending and a former Florida player, Sharrif Floyd, played a key role in his decision.

"Florida was a school that he always had his eyes set on," Dunn said. "He has a personal relationship with Sharrif Floyd. He's a mentor and a role model and he's a guy that Dontae said inspired him to play football. He's always about been curious about the lure of Florida before they ever showed any interest in him.

"It kind of worked out perfectly because that the feeling was mutual once they found out about him because that's always where he wanted to go. For Dontae to have this arbitrary dream without even knowing how difficult and how many few people get the opportunity to go to Florida and then for him to get the opportunity because of his hard work -- it's just a perfect situation."

Angus has flown somewhat under the radar, but Dunn said the Gators are getting a player that has yet to reach his full ability as a football player.

"Florida is getting a kid that has superior size with extraordinary athleticism," Dunn said. "He has great feet, great hands and has a lot of room to grow. He's not a life-long football player. Last year was really his first year of doing the weight training and going through camp and really taking football serious. He has so much more to learn about football but it just comes so natural for him."

The Gators now have 11 verbal commitments, including six that are listed in the ESPN 300. Angus joins Joseph Paul, Travaris Dorsey and Ben Knox as other Florida offensive line commits.